LifeCrisis, you've got excellent advise here already from those who were smart enough to leave NY long time ago LOL. 5 years ago instead of moving here we've moved from Brooklyn to Northern NJ (that's some "upgrade" haha). One thing is for sure. Consider visiting area first, look and drive around. I'm also in the North Texas. DFW are is a huge metroplex, so you'd want to live close to where you work for sure. Also, there are some toll roads in and out of Dallas, but most of the time you could avoid using those. Hower, be prepared for rush hour traffic. At the peak time it could be as bad as NYC/NJ traffic. I'd recommend Northern TX as it has wheather seasons. Yes, we moved during last summer, so this heat sucks. But it's usually for 2-3 months. We have temps now lower than in Tri-State area especialy in early morning hours. I don't know what your personal situation is and if living near good schools is a concern for you? It was for me, that's why we've picked northern suburb of Dallas called Plano. But there are many more up and coming communities here. Check out Frisco, McKinney, Allen, Richardson. I love it here. Hope it helps and good luck on your move.